Srivani Jade is a Hindustani classical singer. She specializes in the North Indian classical form of Khayal and other traditional and folk-inspired music like Thumri-Dadra, Tappa and Bhajans. Srivani has performed regularly on stage, radio and television in India from the age of five. Her first solo album of 16th century devotional music (Sant Tukaram's Abhangs) released in 2007, and since then, she has released two very successful albums Bhoopali and Meera's Love in the classical and light classical genres respectively.
Since moving to the United States in 1996, she has performed for venues like Sangati Center, Seattle City Hall, Town Hall Seattle, Northwest Folklife, Utsav, KBCS 91.3FM radio, Spokane Centerstage Theater, University of Washington, etc.
In 2009, she was invited to perform at the 23rd Devnandan Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeet Utsav in Bangalore, India where she received much critical acclaim for her mature style, tunefulness and technical mastery.
Srivani was introduced to music at the age of four by her father Bhavani Prasad Jade and uncle Raghu Tilwalli. Although she formally trained in Carnatic music during her childhood, she was exposed to a variety of music, classical and pop/light, Indian and Western. During her youth, she found herself gravitating towards Thumri, Ghazal and other light classical music from North India. While she continued to actively perform various kinds of music for the next decade or so, her interest in classical music, particularly Khayal and Thumri, slowly intensified. In 2002, she began her formal training in Khayal under Dr. Sharad Gadre of Seattle.
Khayal: During this time, she also listened avidly to the rich and varied styles of various artists of Khayal, both old masters and contemporary singers. She found herself particularly drawn to the melody-centric style of the Kirana Gharana. In 2006, she found her Guru in the Kirana maestro Pandit Parameshwar Hegde of Bangalore, India. Under his tutelage, she is expanding her repertoire of raagas and compositions, and imbibing the nuances of Kirana gayaki (style).
Thumri: Over the last decade, Srivani has acquired an eclectic collection of Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Hori, Jhoola and Tappa. She enjoys the folk verse, emotive capacity and versatile treatment of raagas in these genres.
Srivani has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University. After nine years in engineering, she is now pursuing a second career in music. Awards
2009: Fellowship Award from Washington State Arts Commission.
These awards recognize outstanding traditional artists for their contributions to their culture and community. They are based solely on recognition of past and continuing merit in maintaining cultural traditions.
2008-09: Artist Support Residency at Jack Straw Productions for a recording project that explores the "Indian soundscape" through the 16thC spiritual love poetry of Meera Bai.
2008-09: Folk Arts grant from Washington State Arts Commission to teach Thumri and exploration of this genre via Kathak choreography.